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February 28, 2011



I agree. Maybe any balls hit into the trees or bleachers were doubles automatically.

Gary Ashwill

Kevin, I'd think there would almost *have* to be ground rules with these dimensions...

BA: I don't know about the early history of the Oval, but it could well have been orginally intended for cricket (or other sports).


Looking at what may be the newest 1928 data:

Home Games - 29
Doubles - 118
HR - 47

Away Games - 14
Doubles - 39
HR - 7


Gary - I'm suspecting there may have been a ground rule that called some over the fence balls down the lines as doubles. For all 40 Lincoln games in 1928 that you have data for, Lincoln and their opponents had around 150 doubles. Given the configuration of the park, I would think doubles would be hard to come by unless some out of play fly balls were ground rule doubles.


I like the fact that the name "oval" seems to imply that it was built for cricket. Given what happened to that sport in the US in the 20th century, I find it fun to see these brief and tangential references in early 20th century baseball topics

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